Anthropology: Biological Anthropology, BA
Anthropology is the global social science. It is the study of the human condition everywhere; its cultural, linguistic, and biological diversity; and how it evolved and developed from the prehistoric past into the globalizing present. Anthropology is an interdisciplinary 14 credit major that intersects with programs and departments across the University. Students may major in anthropology as a whole (General Anthropology), or choose to concentrate in Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology, or specialize in two thematic concentrations: Medical Anthropology and Environmental Anthropology.
Biological Anthropology is the study of human evolution and the biology of modern populations. Areas of study include genetics, osteology, and forensics. Students have the opportunity to work in laboratory settings, as well as in the Penn Museum’s Physical Anthropology section or its Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM). Biological Anthropology majors take introductory courses in all sub-fields of Anthropology, and complete the remainder of their coursework primarily in Biological Anthropology.
The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 34. Double majors may entail more course units.
For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.
|College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
|Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives
|Block I: Introductory Courses
|or ANTH 1480
|Food and Fire: Archaeology in the Laboratory
|Anthropology, Race, and the Making of the Modern World
|or ANTH 0040
|The Modern World and Its Cultural Background
|Human Origins, Evolution and Diversity
|Select 1 course unit in Archaeology:
Attribute AAAR - Archaeology
|Select 1 course unit in Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology:
Attribute AACL - Cultural and Linguistics
|Explorations in Human Biology
|Disease and Human Evolution
|Select 1 course unit in Biological Anthropology: 2
Attribute AABI - Biological Anthropology
|Select 2 course units in Anthropology
Attribute AAAR - Archaeology; Attribute AACL - Cultural and Linguistic; Attribute AABI - Biological Anthropology; Attribute AAEA - Environmental Anthropology; Attribute AAMA - Medical Anthropology
|Select 3 Anthropology or Anthropology-related courses in another department 2
|Research Seminar in Anthropology
|Total Course Units
You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.
Up to three courses from NRSC, BIOL, HSSC and PSYC may be requested. All non-ANTH courses must be approved by the Undergraduate Program Chair.
Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the Major and write a senior thesis.
The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.